People living in rural and remote WA are more at risk of suicide than almost anywhere else in the country, new statistics have revealed.
The suicide rate for rural and remote parts of WA was the highest in the nation after rural Northern Territory, with a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 people from 2006 to 2010 - almost double the national rate.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed 310 people took their own lives across WA in 2010 - the latest year for which national data was available. It was the highest annual death toll in the past decade.Social isolation, financial stress and lack of help with mental illness were factors cited for WA's suicide rate. If you need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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